Tire Mountain

June 27, 2008

On the first day of the Olympic Trials, in Eugene, eight eager hikers, left the city to beat the predicted heat and to see some of the season’s first wild flowers. We were able to go in two cars and after a stop at the Westfir Ranger Station, we drove to our destination. This woodland and meadow hike is one of the first mountain hikes to be snow-free and this day was clear and sunny so we were rewarded not only with many flowers but also with lovely clear views of the various Cascade Mountains. The trail was in good condition having been readied for the Powder Puff Bike ride on Sunday. We did encounter a few bike riders scoping the route for the big ride. Those people who brought cameras were able to get some colorful photos. We ate our lunch at the summit of Tire Mountain which affords no views since the trees have grown too tall. Our descent was rapid and we had cooler temperatures than in Eugene.

We had one person from California who enjoyed seeing a bit of Oregon wilderness on his vacation.

A big thank you to our driver and to Paul Flashenberg for setting a lively pace in the lead while the leader was the sweep.

Hikers were: Joan Abel, Daniele Delaby, Paul Flashenberg, Lynn Frost, Chris Gordon, Sandra Larsen (leader), Matt McBride and Pat Soussan.

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